GM to close five plants in US and Canada, slash 14,700 jobs
For an industrial counteroffensive against job cuts!

By Jerry White, 27 November 2018

The plant closings have been facilitated by the unions and pose the need for autoworkers in the US and Canada to form independent organizations to prepare coordinated strike action.

“Workers in the US, Mexico and Korea should all stand up”
Lordstown GM autoworkers oppose shutdown and mass layoffs

By our reporters, 27 November 2018

Yesterday’s announcement by General Motors that it will slash 14,700 jobs has triggered shock and outrage among workers.

In run-up to contract vote
UAW intensifies campaign of intimidation against Indiana Lear workers

“Those of us who speak out are being blackballed”
UAW carries out campaign of intimidation against Lear auto parts workers

More on autoworkers issues »

Trudeau government illegalizes Canada Post strike

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 27 November 2018

The Liberal legislation illegalizing Canada Post workers’ campaign of rotating walkouts is only the latest in a battery of laws that have largely abolished the right-to-strike in Canada.

Canada Post workers need socialist strategy to defy and defeat Liberals’ back-to-work law

Trudeau government introduces bill to outlaw Canada Post strike

Canada Post and Trudeau government conspire to break postal strike

As Canada Post steps up provocations, union silent on back-to-work law threat

Russia-Ukraine stand-off over Azov Sea continues as Poroshenko declares martial law

By Clara Weiss, 27 November 2018

The dangerous developments in the Black Sea region underscore the danger of a Third World War.

Russia fires on and captures Ukrainian Navy ships

Trump campaigns for Mississippi Senate candidate Hyde-Smith as Democratic challenger shifts to the right

By Patrick Martin, 27 November 2018

At an event at Mississippi State University, Hyde-Smith expressed support for efforts to suppress voter turnout on other campuses—i.e., the historically black universities in the state.

German grand coalition government passes war budget

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2018

On November 14, Germany’s grand coalition government passed a bill that will increase the country’s military budget by a massive 12 percent.

Greek workers protest social attacks by Syriza government

By John Vassilopoulos, 27 November 2018

Strikes and protests in Greece are part of a wider upsurge of the class struggle throughout Europe.

Australian parliamentary inquiry discusses intensifying internet censorship

By Oscar Grenfell, 27 November 2018

The hearing pointed to the political establishment seeking to suppress mounting opposition to war, austerity and authoritarianism.

Australian government accelerates anti-democratic “foreign influence” register

Australian parliament to pass expanded laws to call out the military to suppress domestic unrest

Amid Sri Lanka’s political crisis, the USP sets “left” trap for the working class

By Vilani Peiris and K. Ratnayake, 27 November 2018

The pseudo-left United Socialist Party’s call for a left alliance is aimed at promoting the illusion that one or other ruling faction can be pressured to defend the rights of working people.

US immigrants go hungry for fear using food stamps will lead to deportation

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 27 November 2018

Household food insecurity among immigrant families in the US for less than five years increased from 9.9 percent in 2007 to 17.8 percent in the first half of 2018.

US military, border police attack asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

Hundreds rally in San Diego in defense of migrant caravan

Trump lashes out at judiciary over immigration ruling

US and Mexican officials stoke up nationalist backlash against immigrants

More on US immigrant issues »

At Chicago Mayoral Forum
Unions promote corporate Democrats to succeed Rahm Emanuel

By Kristina Betinis, 27 November 2018

The Chicago Teachers Union sponsored the first major event of the city’s mayoral election campaign, hosting five right-wing Democratic Party candidates, one of them an open opponent of public education.

Falling building debris causes injuries and deaths while profits mount for UK developers

By Charles Hixson, 27 November 2018

Rather than being random tragedies, such accidents are the direct result of deliberate government policies.

World economic slowdown hits Peruvian exports

By Cesar Uco, 27 November 2018

Behind Peru’s mushrooming corruption scandals lies the breakdown of the free market economic model introduced in the 1990s.

New in Dutch

Nederland: 10.000 protesteren tegen pro-zakelijk overheidsbeleid

Harm Zonderland, 17 november 2018

Op zaterdag 10 november protesteerden 10.000 mensen tegen het pro-zakelijke beleid van de liberaal-conservatieve regering van premier Mark Rutte (VVD), die nu één jaar aan de macht is. De regering heeft al de vennootschapsbelasting verlaagd, en is van plan om de belastingen te verhogen op basisbehoeften, zoals voedingsmiddelen en medicijnen.

New in French

L’armée américaine et la police des frontières attaquent des demandeurs d’asile à la frontière entre les États-Unis et le Mexique

Eric London, 27 novembre 2018

La frontière étant soumise à une loi martiale effective, les forces américaines ont déployé des gaz lacrymogènes, des balles en caoutchouc et des grenades éclair contre les travailleurs pauvres d’Amérique centrale et leurs familles.

Non aux manoeuvres de Macron pour étouffer les Gilets jaunes!

Alexandre Lantier, 27 novembre 2018

Les négociations que Macron doit offrir aujourd'hui aux Gilets jaunes sont un piège pour un mouvement qui nécessite une stratégie révolutionnaire et internationaliste.

Le sommet de l’UE adopte la déclaration de retrait britannique

Peter Schwarz, 27 novembre 2018

La déclaration politique de 26 pages, qui n’est pas contraignante, décrit les relations futures en termes de commerce, de pêche, de voyage, de sécurité et de services financiers.

La Russie tire sur des navires de la marine ukrainienne et les capture

Clara Weiss, 27 novembre 2018

Une escalade militaire dans la mer d’Azov a été préparée pendant des mois, avec une série de provocations du régime ukrainien qui a bénéficié du soutien de l’UE et de l’impérialisme américain.

Changement climatique, capitalisme et socialisme
Nouveau rapport sur le changement climatique : l’effet du réchauffement climatique « se fait déjà sentir »

Bryan Dyne, 27 novembre 2018

Le dernier rapport du Programme de recherche américain sur le changement climatique confirme le danger posé par le changement climatique et l’incapacité des gouvernements capitalistes à y faire face.

New in German

Von den Nazis zur AfD: Die Kontinuität der Geldgeber

Peter Schwarz, 27. November 2018

Der Aufstieg der AfD wurde durch hohe Geldzuwendungen des Milliardärs August von Finck befördert, dessen Vater Hitler finanziert und sein Vermögen durch die Arisierung jüdischen Besitzes vermehrt hat.

Frankreich: Bereitschaftspolizei geht gegen Massenproteste in Paris vor

Alex Lantier, 27. November 2018

Laut dem französischen Innenministerium haben 106.000 Menschen an mehr als eintausend Protestveranstaltungen in ganz Frankreich teilgenommen, 8.000 davon bei einer Demonstration auf den Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Extreme Ausbeutung ausländischer LKW-Fahrer in Deutschland

Dietmar Henning, 27. November 2018

Das Schicksal von 16 philippinischen LKW-Fahrern, das Anfang des Monats bekannt geworden ist, wirft ein Schlaglicht auf die extreme Ausbeutung ausländischer Fahrer in Deutschland und ganz Europa.

Russische Ausgabe von Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis wird auf Moskauer Buchmesse ausgestellt

unserem Korrespondenten, 27. November 2018

Über 100 Jahre nach der Oktoberrevolution und zum 80. Jahrestag der Gründung der Vierten Internationale ist David Norths Buch „Verteidigung Leo Trotzkis“ gerade in Russland hochaktuell.

New in Spanish

Cambio climático, capitalismo y socialismo
Nuevo informe sobre el cambio climático: “ya se está sintiendo” el impacto del calentamiento global

Por Bryan Dyne, 27 noviembre 2018

El último informe del Programa Estadounidense de Investigaciones sobre el Cambio Global confirma el peligro que representa el cambio climático y la incapacidad de los Gobiernos capitalistas para enfrentarlo.

Ejército de Estados Unidos y policía fronteriza atacan a solicitantes de asilo en la frontera de Estados Unidos y México

Por Eric London, 27 noviembre 2018

Con la frontera eficazmente bajo ley marcial, las fuerzas de los EUA apuntaron con rifles de asalto y dispararon gases lacrimógenos, balas de goma y granadas contra trabajadores pobres y sus familias.

Policía antidisturbios francesa asalta protestas masivas en París

Por Alex Lantier, 27 noviembre 2018

El Ministerio del Interior francés afirmó que 106,000 personas participaron en más de mil protestas en toda Francia, incluyendo 8,000 manifestantes en los Campos Elíseos en París.

Trabajadores siderúrgicos iraníes en huelga por salarios atrasados, seguridad y empleos

Por Samuel Davidson y Keith Jones, 27 noviembre 2018

La huelga de 4.000 trabajadores metalúrgicos en la ciudad de Ahvaz al sudoeste del país es parte de un creciente desafío de la clase trabajadora contra los salarios de pobreza, la privatización y la austeridad.

New in Norwegian

Trump langer ut mot domstolene over immigrasjonsbeslutning

Patrick Martin, 22. november 2018

Den offentlige konflikten mellom presidenten og Høyesteretts øverste dommer har ingen parallell i amerikansk historie.

Kinas president besøker Filippinene

Joseph Santolan, 22. november 2018

Xi Jinping besøkte Manila mot et bakteppe av Washingtons eskalerte økonomiske krigføring mot Beijing og fremskredne forberedelser for direkte militærkonflikt.

Budsjettstriden mellom Italia og EU eskalerer

Peter Schwarz, 22. november 2018

Hvis finansmarkedene fremtvinger ytterligere hevinger av rentesatsene på italienske statsobligasjoner kan det føre til en kjedereaksjon av bank-konkurser over hele Europa.

New in Russian

Серия выступлений «Восемьдесят лет Четвертому Интернационалу» продолжилась в Калифорнии и Орегоне

От нашего корреспондента, 22 ноября 2018 г.

Состоявшись на фоне растущего числа жертв пожаров в Калифорнии и подъема крайне правых, выступления привлекли широкую аудиторию молодежи, студентов и рабочих со всего западного побережья США.

New in Turkish

Fransa, kitlesel protestolarla sarsılıyor

Alex Lantier, 20 Kasım 2018

Macron’un akaryakıt vergisi zammına karşı protestolarda, toplumsal eşitsizliğe karşı bastırılmış öfkenin dizginsiz bir şekilde taşmasına tanık olundu.

ABD, Kaşıkçı cinayeti nedeniyle sınırlı yaptırımlar uyguladı

Mike Head, 20 Kasım 2018

Hem ABD Hazine Bakanlığı’nın yaptırımlarının zamanlaması hem de önlemlerin zar zor hedefini bulan niteliği, Beyaz Saray’ın, Suudilerin olaylara ilişkin en son versiyonunu desteklemeye çalıştığına işaret etmektedir.

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Perspective

The military-police assault at San Ysidro
Defend immigrant workers from state violence!

27 November 2018

The Socialist Equality Party (US) condemns the US government’s military operation at the US-Mexico border Sunday as a horrific crime against humanity.

Earlier Perspectives »

Commentary

No to Macron’s maneuvers to strangle the Yellow Vest protests in France

By Alex Lantier, 27 November 2018

The talks Macron is slated to offer today to the Yellow Vest protesters are a trap for a movement that requires a turn to the working class and a revolutionary strategy.

French riot police assault mass protests in Paris

French president bans fuel tax protest in Paris as strikes expand

Climate change, capitalism and socialism
New climate change report: Impact of global warming “already being felt”

By Bryan Dyne, 26 November 2018

In Thanksgiving teleconference, Trump appeals to military against courts, political opponents

By Joseph Kishore, 24 November 2018

No to the draft in France and Europe!

By Parti de l’égalité socialiste, 23 November 2018

European elections 2019
No to the EU, social inequality, fascism and war! For socialism and the unity of the European working class!

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (SGP), 23 November 2018

America’s Thanksgivings

By David Walsh, 22 November 2018

The political fraud of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal”

By Will Morrow, 23 November 2018

Ocasio-Cortez holds climate change stunt to boost Pelosi

More on US politics »

Arts Review

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Only a fool “expects better” from humanity

By David Walsh, 26 November 2018

Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at the University of Michigan

By Joanne Laurier, 23 November 2018

25 years ago: Belgium rocked by general strike

The biggest general strike in Belgium since 1936 paralyzed the country on Friday, November 27. as a wave of workers’ struggles continues throughout western Europe.

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50 years ago: Romania’s Ceausescu opposes “Brezhnev Doctrine”

The policy had already been put into action with the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August.

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75 years ago: Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt meet at Tehran

The Soviet dictator and the leaders of British and American imperialism were gathering to begin discussions on the geo-strategic relations that would be established in the aftermath of the Second World War.

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100 years ago: Admiral Kolchak’s troops begin westward drive against Bolsheviks

On November 29, 1918, the 1st corps of the Siberian Army, the largest military group of the counterrevolutionary Provisional All-Russian Government, began its advance towards Perm in the Urals, a center of arms manufacture and coal production.

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California Wildfires

Rainstorm ends California wildfires, but threatens to cause flash flooding

By Evan Blake, 23 November 2018

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

Refugees from Paradise

The WSWS spoke to some of the thousands who lost everything in the Camp Fire disaster in northern California. Many blame energy monopoly PG&E.

The fire in Paradise, California: From natural disaster to social catastrophe

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launches holiday sale
Most titles 10 to 50 percent off!

By Mehring Books, 23 November 2018

Our annual holiday sale is a great opportunity to introduce friends to socialism and to expand your Marxist library.

David North in conversation with Nick Beams
Book launch of The Heritage We Defend in Sydney, Australia

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

Socialist Equality Party

SEP (Canada) to hold Montreal meeting on “Leon Trotsky, the Lessons of History, and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

24 November 2018

The SEP (Canada) is holding a meeting in Montreal on Wednesday, November 28, as part of events worldwide to mark 80 Years of the Fourth International.

Indian Trotskyists celebrate 80 years of the Fourth International

Workers Struggles

Chilean port workers strike over working conditions
Workers Struggles: The Americas

27 November 2018

Temporary port workers in Valparaíso, who are aptly called precarious, staged a November 22 walkout to press for better conditions including improvements in pay.

UAW negotiates secret deal with Columbia University to block strike action by graduate students

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 November 2018

Iranian steelworkers strike for back-wages, safety, and jobs

By Samuel Davidson and Keith Jones, 26 November 2018

UK: Vauxhall and Cammell Laird workers strike against mass job cuts

By Robert Stevens, 26 November 2018

Black Friday strikes hit Amazon in Europe

By our reporters, 24 November 2018

Arrest of Nissan chairman Ghosn roils global auto industry

By Shannon Jones, 22 November 2018

Thousands of GM salaried workers to lose jobs in 2019

Amidst talk of US auto industry consolidation UAW pushes economic nationalism ahead of 2019 contracts

After campaign of threats and intimidation, Teamsters announces “yes” vote on sellout UPS Freight contract

By Will Morrow, 12 November 2018

Break the isolation of UPS Freight workers! Form rank-and-file committees to unite workers against the company!

More on the struggle at UPS »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

To stem climate change, capitalism must be ended

By the IYSSE (Australia), 22 November 2018

Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)

SEP (Sri Lanka) holds successful public meeting on political crisis

By our correspondents, 22 November 2018

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold lecture on “Lessons of History and the Fight for Socialism Today”

SEP (Sri Lanka) to hold meetings on the socialist solution to the political crisis

The political crisis in Sri Lanka: Its lessons for the international working class

New In Arabic

Arabic translation of “Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of a lecture delivered by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairman, David North in Colombo to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka.

History

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 November 2018

This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was posted on November 19.

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part one of a two-part series

History of the Fourth International

“Eighty Years of the Fourth International” series continues with meetings in California and Oregon

By our reporters, 17 November 2018

Taking place in the backdrop of the rising death toll from the California fires and the rise of the far-right, the meetings attracted broad audiences of youth, students and workers across the West Coast.

Growing interest in socialism at Chicago meeting on 80th anniversary of Fourth International

By the IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 14 November 2018

David North lecture tour
Nearly 100 attend meeting in New York City on the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

David North lecture tour
More than 100 attend meeting at MIT on anniversary of the Fourth International

David North begins US speaking tour in Michigan to mark 80 years of the Fourth International

Friday, November 30, 6pm for 6:30. Admission free, please RSVP to Gleebooks.

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

19 October 2018

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

Large Colombo audience hears David North’s lecture on the history of the Fourth International

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Significant vote for SEP candidate Niles Niemuth in Michigan’s 12th district

By our reporters, 8 November 2018

Final campaign meeting for Niles Niemuth reviews experiences from campaigning

By our reporters, 7 November 2018

Vote Niles Niemuth, Socialist Equality Party, for US House of Representatives in Michigan’s 12th district!

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

Campaign website »

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Science

World vertebrate populations have fallen 60 percent since 1970

By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2018

The latest Living Planet Report demonstrates the far-reaching implications of human activity on both the climate and the degradation of the natural environment.

Book review

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

International Committee of the Fourth International

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
The Resurgence of Class Struggle and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

8 August 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held from July 22–27, 2018.

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Great Betrayal

By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

Security and the Fourth International

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.